Ending summer with a bang, for the first time in its history, luxury cruise line Silversea took guests across the iconic Northeast Passage, journeying 5,019 NM between Nome and Tromsø aboard the Silver Explorer, and calling at 27 incredible destinations in three countries. Among the voyage’s numerous highlights were various sightings of polar bears with their cubs; two passages through the Arctic sea ice, accompanied by an icebreaker; a unique culinary experience on the remote Ostrov Isachenko; and a polar plunge above 80°N latitude.
“It was a life-defining voyage,” says Stefan Kredel, Silversea’s Expedition Leader for this particular crossing of the Northeast Passage. “Nothing is guaranteed this far north, but we were very fortunate with the weather and ice conditions. We are delighted to have unlocked so many unique and memorable experiences for our guests in this remarkable region, from a folkloric performance by locals in Provideniya to various sightings of polar bears and walruses.”
Silversea’s guests were accompanied on this unique voyage by 15 experts from the cruise line’s industry-leading Expedition Team, including three historians, a marine biologist, a botanist, a geologist, an ornithologist, and a professional photographer. Almost 50 destination-inspired lectures were delivered aboard Silver Explorer throughout the voyage, which enabled guests to learn insightful information that enriched their experiences.
Northwest & Northeast Passage Crossings in 2020
In 2020, Silversea will operate two concurrent crossings of the Northwest and Northeast Passages, aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Explorer, respectively. A 24-day voyage, the crossing of the Northwest Passage will depart Kangerlussuaq for Nome on August 21, 2020, journeying through remote regions in Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. The Northeast Passage crossing will depart Nome on August 22 and will arrive in Tromsø 25 days later, taking guests deeper into the landscapes of Alaska, Russia, and Norway.
Silversea’s recently enhanced all-inclusive Polar Package enriches the cruise line’s Arctic offering with one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay; in-country flight(s) when required by the itinerary; guided shore experiences and Zodiac excursions; polar parka; one post-cruise day-use hotel; and transfers and luggage handling between airport, hotel and ship.
Luxury living with Silversea
Silversea makes it possible to explore the Arctic in the most luxurious way while still offering its guests an adventure in the truest sense of the word. Its world-class expedition ships are adorned with amenities that the earliest explorers could only dream of. Bvlgari toiletries and Pratesi linens grace the accommodations of these all-suite ships. Butlers deliver afternoon canapés and offer up a hot drink, spiked generously, upon returning from a day’s chilly adventures at the end – or the top – of the Earth. Superbly tasty dishes are on the menu; a far cry from the hard tack and pemmican that made up the average polar diet a century ago.
With its commitment to personalized service – there is a staff-to-guest ratio of nearly 1:1, ensuring every wish is fulfilled; fleet of small ships that can take you places larger ships could never follow; and all-inclusive approach to luxury, including beverages, gratuities, in-suite dining, butler service and complimentary transportation into the heart of the towns it visits; Silversea offers incredible value paired with its countless incredible experiences.
Available to book through TravelBrands Cruises by Encore Cruises, your next Arctic adventure with Silversea awaits!